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Update: Death Investigation Following April 10th Ontario Bank Robbery

April 14, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

The deceased has been positively identified as a 71-year old male who is not an Oregon resident. Detectives are continuing attempts to locate next of kin. His name and residence information are not being released at this time. The multi-agency investigation involving Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Ontario Police Department is continuing.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m., OSP troopers were notified by Ontario Police Department (OPD) to be on the lookout for a pickup that fled a reported bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Ontario. The pickup driven by an adult male armed with a handgun reportedly fled south as OSP, OPD, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office headed along area roads to locate it.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., an Ontario police officer saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle's description traveling south on Alameda Drive and attempted a traffic stop. The driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While staying back at the patrol car waiting for cover officers to arrive, the driver shot himself.

OSP and OPD arrived shortly thereafter and approached the pickup where they found the male unconscious, slumped over with a gunshot wound to his head. The man initially wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Officers initiated emergency medical care and the man started breathing.

Medics arrived on scene and transported the man initially to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. He was then transferred to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise and was pronounced deceased.

A handgun was found inside the pickup. 

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